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Well it's about time I got into the game seeing that everyone has a large tank going. But seriously, I have always dreamt of having a large tank ever since I got into this hobby and now I've finally manage to achieve it. I hope this journal will be helpful and at the same entertaining. I bring you a custom 90G at 48"x20"x22". The tank is Euro-brace meaning it offers ample room for arm space compared to your usual acrylic tanks. It also uses 3/4" thick acrylic to ensure no bowing overtime. Here she is-



Anyways, before buying the tank the old question came down acrylic or glass. I thought long and hard about this decision and I went with acrylic for a couple of reasons:
1. Clarity, acrylic is clearer than any glass out there including Starphire. The main selling point.
2. Inline plumbing, gave me the chance to finally setup a water changer along with two outflows and inflows at opposite ends with the use of bulkheads.
3. Insulation, this was not a main concern but it is an important one since it would mean the heater will work less frequently to stabilize the temperature and it will take longer for the outside temp. to affect the water temperature.

Then why the canopy? Why not topless? Well I would have loved nothing more than an open top, but I had to take the surrounding furniture into consideration. Having an open top and modern-style stand would clash with the traditional maple furniture in the room. Hence either get new furniture or use a canopy.

For the plumbing I will be using soft-plumbing mainly for the ease of use and for maximum flow since I won't need any elbows. Bryce's 'Fluid Mechanics' was definitely the main reason why I did not go with PVC.


However, before anything can continue I need to first raise the large painting in the back and I need to reinforce the beams underneath the house. Although the tank is near a load-bearing wall and perpendicular to the beams, I want to make sure that the support underneath won't dampen overtime.

Suggestions and questions welcome! :D
 

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Beautiful stand/tank Raul! Best of luck with it. How are you going to reinforce the joists?
Thanks. Your tank was definitely an inspiration in taking the plunge.


The plan is to use a 4x4 perpendicular to the floor joists and support it with two floor jacks on concrete slabs.


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You should do a mini photo journal of the reinforcement. It would be a good resource for those with big tanks.
Will do! :)
 

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The stand and canopy look traditional but the color looks modern. i think you have the best of both worlds. That is very thick acrylic, It looks like you have put alot of thought before deciding on the set up. I have a 120gal and it is not too much work once established but scaping is hard. A 90gal is more manageable give us some pics of the support beam work. Your off to a great start.
 

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Beautiful stand for sure. Does the canopy swing open at the front? This is going to be fun to watch develop!
 

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The stand and canopy look traditional but the color looks modern. i think you have the best of both worlds. That is very thick acrylic, It looks like you have put alot of thought before deciding on the set up. I have a 120gal and it is not too much work once established but scaping is hard. A 90gal is more manageable give us some pics of the support beam work. Your off to a great start.
Thanks! I can't remember how many hours I spent on ReefCentral looking up the differences between glass and acrylic before I finally went with acrylic. It's all fun though. :)

Beautiful stand for sure. Does the canopy swing open at the front? This is going to be fun to watch develop!
Thanks Bob! The canopy only swings back from the top, if I need to do small maintenance I can just use the front doors on the canopy which swing outward.
 

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Alright, some progress has been made-



I've added two pieces of wood to the supports on each side of the canopy. They're 2.5" high, 14" long and 1/4" thick. This will allow me to use the Azoo cooling fans without having to saw through the sides of the canopy and it will allow me to change their positioning.



The filters just arrived, two massive Ocean Clears. One unit, the OC 317 (right), will filter everything from 100 microns all the way down to 50. The next unit, the OC 375, will further remove everything down to 25 microns and in the core rests an 18W ultraviolet sterilizer (not shown but included). The Poseidon PS3 (back corner) pump which will power the first canister, another PS2 will power the second. Overkill, definitely! But there's a good reason for that. I did not want to use a traditional canister filter since most are geared towards biological filtration and less mechanical. I wanted something strictly mechanical, this fits the bill perfectly. Not to mention, I'll probably only have to clean it once a year! ;)

Foundation supports will be done on Friday.
 

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Hey Raul - is that outlet a GFCI? ;)
Nope. Not yet, but it will be. :)

Another question...the canopy looks tall enough, but will the fans fit without interfering with your light fixture? Let me know if you need any dimensions on the fans.
Great question. The MH retrofits are only 3" high and will be more centered. I believe the fans are about 5" high; the canopy is 11" high from the bottom of the supports. It shouldn't be a problem, unless you're seeing something I am not? :confused:

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Very nice , cant wait to see more pics.
Thanks!

dantra said:
Very interesting

I agree, more pics needed
Don't worry, I'll include a lot more pictures once the plumbing starts coming together. :D
 

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Great question. The MH retrofits are only 3" high and will be more centered. I believe the fans are about 5" high; the canopy is 11" high from the bottom of the supports. It shouldn't be a problem, unless you're seeing something I am not? :confused:
Nah - you should be fine! I suppose I just assumed you were going to be usinf a 4ft fixture of one variety or the other. THAT might have been a problem. Anyways, got a ling to the MH retrofits?
 

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Nah - you should be fine! I suppose I just assumed you were going to be usinf a 4ft fixture of one variety or the other. THAT might have been a problem. Anyways, got a ling to the MH retrofits?
I see what you mean, it would have been a problem if I used four or more T5 bulbs. Here's are the MH I have in mind: http://www.hellolights.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1324 . What's great is that it includes the UV shield and it's run on an electronic ballast. However, the actual setup I'm getting is a 2x54W T5 + 2x150W MH combo: http://www.hellolights.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1357 .
 

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I see what you mean, it would have been a problem if I used four or more T5 bulbs. Here's are the MH I have in mind: http://www.hellolights.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1324 . What's great is that it includes the UV shield and it's run on an electronic ballast. However, the actual setup I'm getting is a 2x54W T5 + 2x150W MH combo: http://www.hellolights.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1357 .
Very nice. So are you thinking of going all 10,000K?
 

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Very nice. So are you thinking of going all 10,000K?
Nope. MH will be 8000K and T5's are the Planta bulbs by Giesemann.

The first phase of the automatic water changer is complete too, I installed some PVC piping and an exterior water filter. The rest of the way I'll use 1/4" polyethylene tubing to get under the carpeting to make it discrete.
 
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